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The Little Mermaid (1976)
"Malá morská víla" (original title)

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The little mermaid rescues a prince from drowning and falls in love with him. To be with him, she makes a deal with the evil sorceress: her beautiful voice against a life on land. It seems ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Miroslava Safránková ...
Malá morská víla
Radovan Lukavský ...
Král vsech morí
Petr Svojtka ...
Princ Jizní ríse
Libuse Safránková ...
Princezna
Marie Rosulková ...
Babicka
Milena Dvorská ...
Carodejnice
Jindrich Narenta ...
Rádce
Jirí Ornest ...
Princuv pobocník
Dagmar Patrasová ...
První sestra malé víly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Inka Cekanová ...
Královna sousední rise (as I. cekarová)
Andrea Cunderlíková ...
Královna Cerného more (as A. Cunderliková)
Karel Engel ...
Zkusený námorník
Jirí Filcek ...
Host na zlaté lodi
Vladimír Fürst ...
Aristocrat
Jan Gottlieb ...
Rybáruv syn
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The little mermaid rescues a prince from drowning and falls in love with him. To be with him, she makes a deal with the evil sorceress: her beautiful voice against a life on land. It seems to work at first, the prince is enchanted with her lovely appearance. But the memory of a foreign princess still haunts him: The one who found him on the beach where the mermaid had left him, and whom he (of course) believes to be his saviour. To resolve this mistake is too much for the mute little mermaid, and not even her father, king of all seas, can help her in the impending catastrophe. Written by Wilhelm Noeker <wnoeker@t-online.de>

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A beautiful film..
1 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was ten in Germany. Quite by chance! I still remember listening to the little mermaid singing that bewitching beautiful haunting song at the beginning of the film and it stayed with me...until 15 years later, in England, they showed it... The film is far more than just another fairy-tale retelling! It is artful! It is more a film about unconditional love and the sacrifices one makes in life. The little mermaid gives up her father (who she loves above all else) and her home to be with the man whose life she saved. The film is beautifully shot - the mystical allure of the waves is captured and the music seems to dance with the waves. The Kingdom beneath the sea is somewhere magical and tangible. Her father laments on the nature of man who is bent on destruction and the film even touches on philosophy. It shows that man is subject to the laws of Nature. No-one can conquer the sea! There are things beyond Heaven and Earth. Other realms. It is a film rich in symbolism - from the little mermaid's bloodied feet upon the sand where she walks to the knife her father sends her through the ocean's waves so that she can kill her Prince and regain her immortality.I am now 39 and recorded this off German TV (have German satellite here in England!) and watch it every year..you can get the DVD at Amazon.de...it always reminds of me of why I am alive and that the secret of happiness is very simple indeed...This film is not a cartoon, but a proper film made in Czechoslovakia and will appeal to those of us who believe in the soul...The Little Mermaid is Innocence itself and her Beauty shines through every scene...


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